The Tarantula Nebula aka 30 Doradus

The Tarantula Nebula aka 30 Doradus
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The Tarantula Nebula aka 30 Doradus

The Tarantula Nebula has an apparent magnitude of 8. Considering its distance of about 49 kpc (160,000 light-years), this is an extremely luminous non-stellar object. Its luminosity is so great that if it were as close to Earth as the Orion Nebula, the Tarantula Nebula would cast visible shadows. In fact, it is the most active starburst region known in the Local Group of galaxies. It is also one of the largest H II regions in the Local Group with an estimated diameter around 200 to 570 pc, and also because of its very large size, it is sometimes described as the largest, although other H II regions such as NGC 604, which is in the Triangulum Galaxy, could be larger. The nebula resides on the leading edge of the LMC where ram pressure stripping, and the compression of the interstellar medium likely resulting from this, is at a maximum.

Data from Telescope.Live Pro Dataset, processed by Cameron Caldwell.
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Telescope: CHI-2 ASA 500N, 50-cm F3.6 corrected Newtonian telescope.
Camera: FLI PL16083
Mount: ASA DDM85 equatorial mount with direct drives
Observatory name: El Sauce Observatory
Location: Río Hurtado, Coquimbo Region, Chile
Coordinates: 30.472529° S, 70.762999° W
Elevation: 1525 m
This is my own custom mapping / palette for this image with a total 3hr 10m exposure.

Processed in DeepSkyStacker, Adobe Photoshop with Astronomy Tools Plugin, Adobe Lightroom.
Full quality on AstroBin: https://www.astrobin.com/fs7zrm/
SPECIFICATIONS
Telescope ..........................................................................................................................................................................................................................
Telescope
ASA 500N
Camera ..........................................................................................................................................................................................................................
Camera
FLI PL16083
Location ..........................................................................................................................................................................................................................
Location
EL Sauce Observatory
Date of observation ..........................................................................................................................................................................................................................
Date of observation
04/28/21
Filters ..........................................................................................................................................................................................................................
Filters
Halpha, SIi, OIII
Processing ..........................................................................................................................................................................................................................
Processing
DeepSkyStacker, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Lightroom
Credits ..........................................................................................................................................................................................................................
Credits
Cameron Caldwell aka Starvoyager Photography, Dataset by Ian Howarth.